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Taking place from 1975 through 1995, “Black Mass” (Warner Home Video) is about childhood loyalties, murder, deals gone bad, illegal money, and shattered relationships. It stars Johnny Depp as Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Told mostly in flashback from the point of view of Bulger gang …

NP Approved The American Friend

Stitched loosely together from the pages of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game and a few borrowed conventions from film noir, Wim Wenders’ The American Friend is a stylish and enigmatic thriller that acts as a superb demonstration of how atmospheric elements can be more vital than story. Character…

Reviews life-in-color

Life In Color marks an incredible debut by Katharine Emmer, who in addition to writing and directing the film also serves as the its star, editor and producer. The comparisons to other artists like Joe Swanberg and the Duplass brothers aren’t just obvious; they’re well-deserved. Emmer’s film exudes a confidence and dedication only seen in the most promising of debuts.

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Ben Stiller’s Zoolander, released in 2001 to little fanfare, has since become a shining example of the bemusingly vast sub-genre: “smart comedies about dumb people”. Its lead character, a dim-witted male model given effortless charm by Stiller in his best work to date, may hold the IQ of an average …

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Portrait of a Serial Monogamist is trying too hard in all the wrong ways. The film pushes hard on its specific milieu, the Parkdale, Toronto lesbian community, and on cultural signifiers (its main character is Jewish, but “Jew-ish” because the film is not putting much effort into its jokes), but does not spend the time necessary to make any of it feel ..

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Nobody’s trying to stop the end of the world in Deadpool. The third act doesn’t require its protagonists to fight off hoards of aliens or robots. The main character constantly points out that he isn’t a hero, and by the end of the movie he still isn’t any closer to being one. There’s the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, but it is unlike any cameo he’s ever done. Deadpool is unlike any other comic book movie ever put to the silver screen, and the film is better off because of it.

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